Polar Bear Swim and Challenge



If your child has a swim band, please make sure to bring it! If they do not have a swim band or forget to bring it with them, children will be required to wear a life vest or take the swim test during their scheduled pool time. If you would like your child to take the swim test at an earlier time, please see available times below to swim test at each branch. 

Polar Bear Challenge 

Before jumping in the pool with a bear (or a Dad), complete the Polar Bear Challenge for a SPECIAL PATCH! Arrive 45 minutes early to your swim time and complete as many of the activities we have for you. You will have 30 minutes and for the challenge and 15 minutes to change and prepare for the Polar Bear Swim. Good luck! 

Branches and Times

Alexander YMCA:

January 20 (2:00, 3:00, 4:00) 
February 17 (2:00, 3:00, 4:00)

*Swim testing at Alexander is available Weekdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. OR 7:00-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 12:00-5:00 p.m. 

Kerr YMCA:
January 19 (7:00, 8:00) 
February 16 (7:00, 8:00)

*Swim testing at Kerr is available Monday-Thursdays: 10:00-11:20 a.m. OR 7:30-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 11:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. AND Sundays: 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Finley YMCA:
January 20 (1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00) 
February 17 (1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00)

*Swim testing at Finley is NOW REQUIRED. This is available Saturdays: 12:00 -6:00 p.m. AND Sundays: 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Taylor YMCA:
January 20 (3:00, 4:00, 5:00)
February 17 (3:00, 4:00, 5:00)

*Swim testing at Taylor is available Monday/Wedensday/Friday: 7:00-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 10:30-6:00 p.m. AND Sundays: 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Chapel Hill YMCA:
January 19 (7:00, 8:00)

*Swim testing at Chapel Hill is available Saturdays: 1:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. 


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